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Portland Community College | LEED Silver | Photo: PCC Sustainability

Portland Community College

USGBC provides sustainability solutions to transform your existing campus buildings and infrastructure and supports pathways to earning professional credentials, helping prepare students for careers in green building and LEED.

Transform your existing campus buildings and infrastructure

Show leadership in green building and operations.

Implement green building policies and strategies

Green campuses reduce the environmental impact of buildings and grounds, have a positive effect on health, and prepare students to be global sustainability citizens. Higher education institutions are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis. Higher education institutions can use rating systems like LEED, Parksmart, PEER, SITES, TRUE and WELL certification to further improve facility, infrastructure and site performance by. Visit to get started and learn more.

Use the Campus Implementation workbook

The workbook helps you create a green existing buildings program, implement the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance rating system at the campus and building level, and establish a culture of performance.

Streamline certification with LEED Campus

This guidance document supports higher education campuses by providing a more efficient and streamlined certification process for multiple LEED projects on campus.

Learn how to incorporate sustainability rating systems into campus planning and operations

Prepare students for green careers

Integrate sustainability into your curriculum—by starting at Pre-K through higher education, we can prepare students for careers in sustainability.

Educate yourself on green building
Watch Green Building for Everyone. Promote these courses to your students who receive free access with a USGBC account.
Use USGBC's online learning platform
USGBC offers individual and enterprise subscriptions to support classroom instruction and student learning. This online platform features more than 1000 hours of green building and sustainability education. The growing library includes best-in-class courses and resources to expand your green building knowledge and fulfill continuing education for LEED professional credentials, AIA, and others. Find out what’s included in the education platform and explore the three subscription options for post-secondary instruction, including an all access pass for faculty, staff and students.
Enhance your courses
Use a Curricular Toolkit to enhance your courses. Access curated resources and processes, organized to help teach and engage students in the concepts of sustainability.
Prepare your students for the LEED Green Associate Exam
Use this Study Plan to prepare to teach a LEED Green Associate prep course. The syllabus can be expanded for a full academic term. Educators and students receive special pricing on the LEED Green Associate Study Bundle, a key exam prep resource. Interested in having your institution serve as a testing site? Contact GBCI to inquire what is available for post-secondary institutions.
Incorporate the Green Classroom Professional Certificate
The GCP certificate program provides pre K-12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces. This certificate program can be incorporated into the curriculum to help integrate the concepts of sustainability into pre-service K-12 education programs. It also serves as a great resource for post-secondary instructors and staff who are working in learning environments.
Host a LEED Lab on your campus
LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. In the course students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus and choose a building where they will facilitate the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process with the goal of certifying the facility. At the close of the semester, the students are prepared to sit for the LEED AP O+M professional credential exam.
Discover green career resources for your students
USGBC is committed to supporting the growing green jobs market, to ensure that people who are passionate about sustainability can apply their skills and talents to a rapidly changing workforce. Utilize these green career resources in your courses and when advising students.
Tell your students to join our global community
Recommend that your students join the USGBC Students community. The USGBC Students community is the most wide-ranging group of students of all ages working together to sustain our future. USGBC Students have access to the largest network of sustainability professionals around the world, as well as opportunities to network and volunteer with local community groups.

USGBC is committed to supporting the growing green jobs market, to ensure that people who are passionate about sustainability can apply their skills and talents to a rapidly changing workforce. Discover green career resources

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